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25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Splashing in puddles and catching raindrops on your tongue is what rainy days are all about, but what about when you have to move the party indoors? Build a doorway puppet theater out of a sheet and work with the kids on writing a play. Start a jam band, complete with rainbow xylophone. Check out these ideas and more in these 25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids…

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  • Architecture at its Finest 1 of 25
    Architecture at its Finest
    Build towers with toothpicks and marshmallows.
    Find out more at The Idea Room.
  • Balloon Table Tennis 2 of 25
    Balloon Table Tennis
    Get into a heated game of balloon table tennis without breaking furniture.
    Find out more at Plum Adorable.
  • Ring Toss 3 of 25
    Ring Toss
    Play a fun game of ring toss with paper plates.
    Find out more at A Little Learning for Two.
  • Marshmallow Shooters 4 of 25
    Marshmallow Shooters
    Have a blast playing with marshmallow shooters.
    Find out more at Real Simple.
  • PVC Pipe Fort 5 of 25
    PVC Pipe Fort
    Make a fort frame out of PVC pipe and then cover with blankets.
    Find out more at Angry Julie Monday.
  • Dancing Oobleck 6 of 25
    Dancing Oobleck
    Enjoy a really cool activity that is also educational.
    Find out more at Housing a Forest.
  • Build a Parking Deck 7 of 25
    Build a Parking Deck
    Plan out and build a parking deck for cars to drive around.
    Find out more at Kinderpendent.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe 8 of 25
    Tic-Tac-Toe
    Make a tic-tac-toe board on the floor.
    Find out more at What to Expect.
  • Make a Terrarium 9 of 25
    Make a Terrarium
    Bring nature indoors by making terrariums.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Hula Hoop Rug 10 of 25
    Hula Hoop Rug
    It may take some time, but it will definitely be worth it.
    Find out more at Family Fun Go.
  • Geometric Puzzles 11 of 25
    Geometric Puzzles
    Paint triangles on wood squares and then use them to construct unique puzzle art.
    Find out more at Mer Mag.
  • Glow Jars 12 of 25
    Glow Jars
    Make glow jars during the day and then turn off the lights when it gets dark.
    Find out more at Intimate Weddings.
  • Toy Parachute 13 of 25
    Toy Parachute
    Send your Legos gliding through the air with a parachute.
    Find out more at Zakka Life.
  • Guess Who – Family Edition 14 of 25
    Guess Who - Family Edition
    Print out pictures of friends and family to customize your Guess Who playing board.
    Find out more at Counting Coconuts.
  • Scrap Busting Concentration 15 of 25
    Scrap Busting Concentration
    Use fabric scraps to make a concentration game.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Animal Masks 16 of 25
    Animal Masks
    Play dress-up by using the free template to print out fun animal masks you can cut out from felt and decorate.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Cool Scavenger Hunt 17 of 25
    Cool Scavenger Hunt
    Set objects inside water and freeze it into a block of ice. Then, have a blast chiseling them out.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Doorway Puppet Theater 18 of 25
    Doorway Puppet Theater
    Set up a doorway puppet theater to put on a show.
    Find out more at Country Living.
  • Custom Crayons 19 of 25
    Custom Crayons
    Melt all those bits and pieces of crayons into custom crayons.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Painted Ornaments 20 of 25
    Painted Ornaments
    With the holidays coming up, get a head start on presents by having a day of making painted ornaments.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Indoor Hopscotch 21 of 25
    Indoor Hopscotch
    Make a no-sew indoor hopscotch mat.
    Find out more at A Girl & A Glue Gun.
  • Science Fun 22 of 25
    Science Fun
    Follow this science experiment to learn how to make bouncy balls.
    Find out more at About.
  • Hot Air Balloons 23 of 25
    Hot Air Balloons
    Cut and sew felt hot air balloons to hang around the house.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Rainbow Xylophone 24 of 25
    Rainbow Xylophone
    Start a band with homemade instruments like this rainbow xylophone.
    Find out more at Meet the Dubiens.
  • Beans and Rice Art 25 of 25
    Beans and Rice Art
    Use beans, popcorn kernels and rice to make art, like a Thanksgiving Day turkey.
    Find out more at The Idea Room.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), and follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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